Today was a great day. This morning, I walked to a nearby coffee shop and watched the passing crowd while editing one scene in my current novel, writing another, and making notes on four more.
This afternoon, my brother and I went to see Gamble House, an enchanting example of the American Arts and Crafts style designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene.
Gamble House, Pasadena, CA
While I was sitting on a bench taking in the exterior of the house, the news came through that my novel MUSIC BOX has hit the Coming Soon page on the Dreamspinner Press website. It’s available for pre-order now, in e-book or paperback form, and will be in stock on January 20.
I couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present.
The editorial process for MUSIC BOX is well underway, and we’ll be starting work on BLUE VALENTINE soon. In the mean time, here’s a preview of Reese Dante’s new cover for MUSIC BOX.
Yay! I’ve just signed a new contract with Dreamspinner Press for publication of my story, Blue Valentine.
Today is launch day! The Door Behind Us is available for purchase and download today at Dreamspinner Press. The Kindle version is up on Amazon.
I first heard Jersey’s voice in 2009 when I woke from a dream with him in my head. I was so taken with his voice and story that I had to get up and take notes. I hope others will find him as compelling.
I just signed a contract with Dreamspinner for publication of Music Box next winter!
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press for the publication of my second novel, The Door Behind Us. No dates or details yet. Publication is sure to be many months out. Nevertheless, I’m delighted to be working with the folks at Dreamspinner.
I’ve also made progress with Music Box. The initial edits complete, I sent the novel out for comment last week. I’ll put it aside for a while so that I’ll have fresh eyes when I next work on it.
My current project is to restructure and expand the 50,000 word draft of Blame the Family–my first foray into the detective genre–which I put aside some months ago. I was stymied for a while deciding how to handle some material related to the antagonist, but the break proved helpful. I’ve got an idea how to move forward.
Read an E-Book Week, March 4-10, 2012
Fly up into the Night Air is on sale for 50 percent off March 4 through March 10 at Smashwords. Use the coupon code REW50 to get the discount.
Presenter Advocate Harte Walford wants to do the right thing and bring a cruel attacker to justice. His father opposes any involvement with the case because the victim may be a pretty boy—a male prostitute. The situation deteriorates when Harte discovers that the perpetrator has powerful connections on the town council.
It’s a big week for me. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the completion of various approval processes so I could make my big announcement. Barnes & Noble came through last night, so here it is: the e-book release of my first novel, Fly Up into the Night Air, is now available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Apple and other distributors are on the way. (I’ll post links when they’re available.) The novel falls roughly into the fantasy genre, although it contains elements of romance and even courtroom drama as well. All together, it’s pretty lighthearted. I certainly had fun writing it. It’s the first in a series I’m calling Canny Tales. There’s a full description on my Publications page.
My decision to go the indie route and publish the work myself, in e-book form, comes out of my concerns about legacy publishers and the way they are currently marketing e-books. To my mind, rapidly growing e-books sales, the popularity of e-readers such as the Kindle and Nook, sales of smartphones and tablet computers (which make great reading devices), all provide a clear indication of the what the future holds. E-books are going to become the primary format for popular fiction. Moreover, it’s going to happen faster than most people think. Marketing folks with access to sales figures from Barnes & Noble are predicting that the book store will sell more e-books than paper books in 2013. That’s only a year and a quarter away. Yet most of the big six publishers are still treating e-books like a pesky inconvenience they’d like to make go away. Their pricing models encourage print sales at the expense of e-book sales. I’ll admit, I also find the prospect of keeping around 70 percent of the purchase price much more appealing than keeping about 17 percent, assuming I could find an agent and publisher willing to work with me (as calculated by Barry Eiser and Joe Konrath). Which brings me to my last point: I work. Full time. In addition, I try to write every night. I find the prospect of writing query letters, synopses, and marketing blurbs for agents and editors a whole lot less fun than writing novels. If I’m going to have to market my books, I’d rather use social media such as this blog to communicate directly with my readers. Time–and my sales figures–will tell whether I have chosen appropriately where to spend my time.
Here’s hoping you’ll enjoy reading Fly Up into the Night Air as much as I enjoyed writing it.